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This Research Guide provides information about civil harassment and domestic violence - related legal actions in California. It is not intended as a substitute for legal advice.


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Generally, Domestic Violence refers to violence or abuse between family members or persons who are or have been in an intimate relationship. Civil Harassment pertains to all other, non-domestic types of violence and abuse situations.

 NOTE: If you have an emergency or dangerous situation involving domestic violence or harassment dial 911 immediately. The telephone number for the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233).


Local Emergency Resources

There are several 24-hour services and hotlines in San Diego.

YWCA's Battered Women's Services at (619) 234-3164

San Diego County Domestic Violence 24 hour hotline at 1-888-DVLINKS

Center for Community Solutions (Coastal) at (858) 272-1767 or (888) 385-4657

Center for Community Solutions (North County) at (760) 747-6282 or (888) 385-4657

Center for Community Solutions (East County) at (619) 697-7477 or (888) 385-4657

They are all staffed with persons who can evaluate situations and make referrals for counseling, legal assistance, shelters, support groups, etc.

Additional Domestic Violence services and shelters include:

South Bay Community Services at (800) 640-2933

Women's Resource Center (North County) at (760) 757-3500

Community Resource Center (North County) at (877) 633-1112



The Legal Aid Society of San Diego runs a Domestic Violence Restraining Order clinic in Chula Vista.

  • 500 Third Avenue, Chula Vista CA 91910, Room 155
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • You MUST SIGN IN before 3:30 p.m. for assistance.

LASSD also runs Civil Harassment/Elder Abuse clinics throughout the county.

East County

  • East County Courthouse
  • 250 E. Main Street, 1st Floor, next to Dept. 1, El Cajon, CA 92020
  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon


  • Hall of Justice Courthouse
  • 330 W. Broadway, 2nd Floor next to Civil Business Office, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

South County

The San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program offers FREE legal assistance to low-income individuals with domestic violence restraining order hearings.


Call (619) 235-5656 ext. 124 to apply for services.

The Family Law clinic held at the Law Library also provides assistance with domestic violence. 

  • San Diego Law Library
  • 1105 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • By appointment only. Call 619-235-5656 ex. 124 to schedule.

SDVLP also offers the following Restraining Order clinics:

Downtown San Diego

  • Madge Bradley Building, 1409 Fourth Avenue, 4th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

East County

  • El Cajon Courthouse, 250 Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92020
  • Monday & Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

North County

  • Vista Courthouse, 325 South Melrose Drive, Vista, CA 92081
  • Main Building, South Entrance
  • Domestic Violence assistance: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Civil Harassment assistance: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


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